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3 New Mashes to switch up your Potato Game

No one loves Mashed Potatoes more than my son, my 5-year-old can scoop it out of the serving dish, directly into his mouth any time of day! But I like to mix things up, especially for the holidays when I’m always looking for ways to reinvent the classics we love. Here are three new versions to give a try, mashed Cauliflower, Sweet Potato and Rutabaga. Let me know if you give them a try and which one is your favorite. And I’m always looking […]
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A Romantic Dinner For Two

It’s freezing here in Texas and my husband’s been traveling a lot for work.  Braised short ribs are one of his favorite things to come home to, and one of my easiest meals to prepare.  This video is from a Good Morning Texas segment I did about creating a romantic dinner at home.  I started with a simple arugula and blood orange salad.  The main dish was braised short ribs with smoked cheddar grits.  I just ‘borrowed’ […]
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A Tropical Getaway Without Leaving Home

Coconut shrimp I wish I could say I took a long vacation with my husband this summer. I wish I could say I’ve had any type of getaway at all recently! But alas, work has kept me busy and homebound and I’m looking for an escape route.  I created these recipes inspired by the tropics so I could have a date night with my husband.  While you can tell I’ve been on a spicy margarita kick lately, nothing says vacation like rum! Making a cocktail and […]
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Academy Awards Inspired Foods

I love any reason to party, and a Hollywood themed Academy Awards Watch Party sounds like a perfect excuse to invite friends, make some cocktails and serve some Hollywood themed foods! This year I am doing a Biscuit Bar, because what could be better than tiny sandwiches?… tiny buttery biscuits filled with fried chicken (and truffle honey), a BLT Biscuit, or a Pimento Cheese Biscuit. It’s inspired by the movie ‘Fences’ […]
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An Evening With Rick Bayless and Negra Modelo. Famous Guacamole and Light Bites//Sponsored Post

Negra Modelo Rick Bayless I had the pleasure of being a guest at the Negra Modelo and Chef Rick Bayless #ThePerfectCompliment cooking event in Dallas a couple weeks ago.  While we sipped on rich, full bodied, cool, Negra Model (a welcome refreshing drink in this scorching Dallas heat) he demonstrated some of his classic Mexican foods that include Negra Modelo or pair perfectly with it. Being a Texan I was skeptical, what could this Chicago based celebrity chef teach […]
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August is National Panini Month: How to Celebrate with a Crowd

August is National Panini Month and I can’t imagine a better reason to turn on my indoor grill and invite friends over for a grilled sandwich schmorgesborg! I’ve created some delicious Paninis using robust flavors, and the best part is they can be interchanged to create whichever sandwich you desire.  Start with crusty bread, like one with a delicious sourdough crust, spread with creamy, cool dips like guacamole and fill […]
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Back To School: Quick Tips for Dinner

  Kids are going back to school, and that means the hectic, weeknight rush to get dinner on the table is back on, sigh. I wanted to share one of my favorite tricks for getting my kids out of the kitchen so I can get dinner cooked quickly. Below is another family favorite, my classic Bolognese. Since I last posted it, I’ve modified it by making it in my InstantPot, so my cook time went from 6-8 hours in a slow cooker… to 30 minutes!!! […]
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Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese Sandwich

A Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese may be the absolute best way to start your weekend. I love making and serving these on lazy Sunday mornings, but I find it’s just as easy to make these ahead, freeze them individually and heat them up for quick weekday breakfasts with the kids. Dig in and enjoy the cheese pull! Bacon and Egg Grilled Cheese 4 scrambled eggs (If you want to know how to make perfect scrambled eggs, click here) 4 slices of baked bacon […]
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Bacon Bar – The Essential Recipes to Wow Guests

Bacon. I promise if you set out any appetizer with bacon in it, your guests will leave you alone in the kitchen (instead of hovering over your shoulder, asking a million questions, keeping you in that kitchen even longer!) and entertain themselves (whew!). I think this Bacon Bar is brilliant, if I say so myself. I teamed up with Smithfield, the bacon kings, to create this amazing spread that highlights bacon in every way possible. Whenever I tell […]
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